What Employers want

Based on the Association of Higher Education Career Services (AHECS) Graduate Recruitment & Employability Survey, the factors that employers considered important at when shortlisting graduates include

  • Relevant work experience (68%)
  • Overall academic results (68%)
  • Relevance of degree to position (57%)
  • Proven employability skills (43%)
  • Extracurricular Involvements (32%)

Figures from http://www.ahecs.ie/sites/default/files/2017-04/AHECS-Graduate-Recruitment-Employability-Survey-2013.pdf

Top five employability skills identified are

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Positive attitude
  • Communication & literacy skills
  • Development of business and customer awareness
  • Problem solving